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If you have received a letter inviting you to attend a PLO meeting, a Banner Jones expert in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Mansfield and Nottingham can help.

In the event that a local authority, such as Social Services, feels that they have serious concerns about the care of a child, the parent/parents may receive a letter from the local authority inviting them to a Pre Proceedings Meeting or PLO meeting (PLO stands for Public Law Outline). The meeting is an opportunity to address the concerns that the local authority has. The stress of going through the court system can be avoided if the issues can be resolved at the PLO meeting.

In the letter, the authority will inform the parent/parents that they are entitled to be accompanied to the PLO meeting by a solicitor. Having legal representation at the PLO meeting is vital. A specialist Care Law solicitor will be able to explain the concerns the local authority has about the child, and offer expert advice to the parent/parents on how to resolve the situation most efficiently.

Although PLO meetings are designed to be constructive, it may be upsetting for a parent to hear what the local authority has to say about their children. By offering independent legal advice, a solicitor will help to keep the discussion on track with a view to doing what is best for both the children and the parents.

Legal Aid is available for all parents, and also for those with parental responsibility.

If you have received a letter about a PLO meeting, or need more information, call an expert on 0330 017 6302* or email info@bannerjones.co.uk.

*calls cost no more than a local 01 number and are included in your mobile minutes.

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